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Video: Shoe Inserts Harvest Energy to Power Devices

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Elizabeth M
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Sole power indeed
Elizabeth M   9/24/2013 8:18:31 AM
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With technologies like this and energy-harvesting shorts and a sleeping bag designed by Vodafone UK and British researchers (http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=265384), there are going to be lots of innovative ways people can charge devices through clothing and other fabrics in the future. It's an interesting space to watch.

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Mydesign   9/24/2013 9:38:21 AM
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"Remember how startup Pavegen has designed floor tiles to harness the power of footsteps to keep the lights on at the 2012 Summer Olympics and generate energy at the Paris marathon?"

Elizabeth, now a day's peoples are educated about energy conservation and doing energy harvesting through different ways, especially with public or community system. Kudos for them and all the best.

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Creating awareness
Mydesign   9/24/2013 9:44:27 AM
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Elizabeth, recently during one of our national festival, the organizers had kept 10 bicycles near to the main place, where cultural event and other lighting illumination happen. Those who are interested can ride the stationary bicycle and the bicycle is attached to a dynamo. So when bicycle is riding, energy is generating and using for light decoration and other purpose. The intention is to create awareness about green energy.

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Debera Harward   9/24/2013 12:17:40 PM
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Thanks, Elizebeth for such an interesting post, thats really great that developers have developed a soal wich can be placed inside the shoes to generat energy. These shoes can be very usefull in different locations for example people during hicking usually face the issue of battery down of there mobile phones these shoes can over come this issue . Secondly it can also be used in the areas if god forbids some disasterous situation occurs and they are unable to charge there mobiles these shoes can be used to carge there mobile phonesand help contact there relatives, families and friends.

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Debera Harward   9/24/2013 12:24:54 PM
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Generating electricity from kinetic energyis not new but this shoe can charge the iphone fully by just two to fine miles walk , however students are working on it to reduce this milage to two and a half miles . One of the thing that i like the most is that it iswater proof it will not get damaged by rainfall or by sweating .

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TJ McDermott   9/24/2013 1:22:02 PM
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This is perfect for powering a shoe phone!  Using this to power a shoe phone would even eliminate the dangling cable.

The trick to the various disparate ways of harvesting human energy is to make the transfer of that energy effortless (not even connecting cables).

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Charles Murray   9/24/2013 5:47:40 PM
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Liz, how do they get the power from the external battery pack to an iPhone?

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Why not piezo?
Charles Murray   9/24/2013 5:49:32 PM
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I wonder why the inventors chose to "spin a small generator" rather than use a piezoelectric insert. Does it produce more current that way?

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   9/25/2013 9:42:38 AM
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You're right, Mydesign, and as this technology becomes even more sophisticated and widely used, awareness will spread, which likely will create even more innovation. It's quite amazing to think we may be charging our phones from our shoes one day, and that this will be a common occurence.

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Elizabeth M   9/25/2013 9:47:56 AM
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My understanding, Chuck, is that is it through some kind of connecting wire, but I'll have to double check that for you.

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